19841210 19841217 Titus Alone Gormenghast By Mervyn Peake
In 1984, BBC Radio 4 broadcast two 90-minute plays based on Titus Groan and Gormenghast, adapted by Brian Sibley and starring Sting as Steerpike and Freddie Jones as the Artist (narrator).
This is more of a continuation of the hanging ending of Titus Groan rather than a whole new sequel. It jumps seven years into the future. Titus is seven, and learning all about his earldom and condemned to doing ritual every day for the rest of his life. At school he is treated by the professors and pupils as a commoner, and his hatred of Gormenghast and the ritual is growing greater and greater.
March 21, 2018 Subject:
Excellent adaptation that captures the elusive esprit of the text.
This., along with its first part 'Titus Groan' is the first attempt by scriptwriter Brian Sibley to capture the vast, half-lit, Gothic-surrealist world of Mervyn Peake's castle and its strange denizens. It is largely successful due to the outstanding cast, with Freddie Jones' sonorous voice casting an instant spell as The Artist, who sketches for us the shadowed world of flagstones and twisted branches where the drama unfolds. Sting is only passable as Steerpike, alas, but is supported by such brilliant actors as Bernard Hepton, Judi Parfitt, Maurice Denham, Stratford Johns, Eleanor Bron, Cyril Shaps, and David Warner, all extraordinary in their starkly expressionist and often hilarious roles. It is the cast, and the magic they produce with their voices, that makes this production of Peake's work almost on a par with the best of Dylan Thomas's plays for voices. Is it a Gothic novel or a comedy of manners? An expressionist fantasy or a prose painting? A surrealist fantasy or a Dickensian mystery. The answer is it is all of these and more, and unlike anything else.